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Public Law offers a fresh and distinctive approach to the subject. Covering in detail all the topics fundamental to undergraduate courses, this essential text presents a sophisticated and coherent analysis of the doctrines and institutions of public law. Throughout, this analysis is integrated with explanation of the wider socio-political context in which the constitution operates.
Three key themes run throughout the book and help you to approach the subject in a structured and accessible way that aids deeper understanding of the subject. The key themes are:
- The significance of executive power and the challenge of ensuring that those who exercise such power are held to account; - The shift from a political towards a legal constitution and the implications of this change; and - The increasingly 'multi-layered' character of the UK constitution
Engaging, clear, and focused fully on what you need, Public Law is the perfect guide to this challenging and fascinating subject.
Mark Elliott, Reader in Public Law, University of Cambridge,Robert Thomas, Professor of Public Law, University of Manchester
Mark Elliott is Reader in Public Law at the University of Cambridge.
Robert Thomas is Professor of Public Law at the University of Manchester.
Table of Contents
Part I: Introduction to public law 1. Constitutions and constitutional law 2. Themes, sources and principles Part II: The Constitution - institutions and principles 3. Separation of powers - an introduction 4. The executive 5. Parliament 6. The judiciary 7. Devolution and local government 8. The European Union Part III: Good governance - scrutiny, accountability, and transparency 9. Good governance: an introduction 10. Parliamentary scrutiny of central government Part IV: Judicial review 11. Introduction to judicial review 12. The grounds of judicial review 13. Judicial review: scope, procedures and remedies 14. The effectiveness and impact of judicial review Part V: Administrative justice 15. Ombudsmen and complaints 16. Tribunals 17. Inquiries Part VI: Human rights 18. Human rights and the UK constitution 19. Freedom of expression 20. Freedom of assembly 21. Policing - powers, accountability, and governance